Friday, 31 July 2015


Morning all tis Friday - step back, glance back and take stock it's time for

Well last weekend saw us with a weekend away fulfilling a birthday promise that is nearly 3 year's old.  For my 40th (nearly 3 years ago), did I say I wanted to do the Harry Potter exhibition just outside London.  Now for anyone that knows me you'll know that we don't do 'south' furthest south we've ventured in all the time me and hubby have been together (25 years) is Stratford-upon-Avon, so this was a biggie for us.  Anyway, we planned and booked both day and hotel room (for 2 nights), earlier in the year.

We stayed in a fab little Premier Inn only 2 miles from Harry Potter, the room was fresh and clean and comfortable, fab breakfast, helpful staff etc.  All was good, the journey down was a bit scary (I don't like motorways particularly when they end up with that many lanes, I didn't like the fact we joined the M25 queue when we needed the M1 bit etc, but once off it we could relax).

Here we are travelling down, you'll note said 14 year old in the back, watching TV, pillow, blanket etc, not struggling particularly.

And this was the aforementioned room!

Saturday arrived and it was a lovely day, we arrived well within time (timed entry was 10.30 - we were in there fore 9.30am).

Some fellow visitors were kind enough to take this photo for us!

And we were off, apparently the record is 13 hours in there, we managed 10 hours which I don't think is bad going, we definitely got our monies worth!

This was a photo taken far too close for my liking which showed my sparkly excited eyes according to hubby!

I think the main part of the tour that blew me away was the level of detail that they went to.  We enjoyed learning the little details, for instance Voldemort's outfit is dark green and gets

paler the more horcruxes are destroyed!

The fact they wrote a comic to be included in the Gryffindor Common Room about Martin Miggs the Mad Muggle (how much does this remind you of all Beano comics!)

To discover the deluminator is made of Malachite and those of you that know me will know why I'm impressed with that!

That the props department spent a year creating the Vanishing Wardrobe!

And my utter favourite, the fact they wrote an owl exam and made it this mad!

We loved loved loved it, if you haven't been and are a fan of either the books or the film it really is an absolute delight.  You have to book in advance as there are no tickets available on the day, but it really is well worth it.

I hope we get chance to go again in the future, I'm sure there are lots we didn't see, despite the 10 hours spent in there.

Next up said 14 year old and embracing the holiday checklist, there is always a worry that the six weeks will disappear in the blink of an eye, with all good intentions seemingly lost into the mists of time.  However, this holiday I've been determined to do things a little different.  So as he broke up from school I set a daily checklist to ensure that he gets a bit of variety.  It includes a few items that would get left by the wayside given half a chance but he's happily tucked into it on the days we are at work and made some good headway on quite a few areas, there is nothing nicer than coming home to a tidy dining room and TV room and kitchen particularly when you know what it looked like when you left it!

Having an old school friend over on Thursday enjoying each others company, playing on Xbox, watching TV etc, he's had a great day!

So there we go, blink and it's Friday again, I hope your week has been full of positive moments, if you fancy joining in then pop back and link up and we shall come and visit.


  1. Loved your review of Harry Potter World- it really appeals to me although I'd probably need to find someone to go with... everyone I know who's been is amazed at the attention to detail in tiny little things. My week has been work. work and not very interesting!

  2. So glad you finally got to visit "Harry Potter" - looks like you had a fabulous time.
    Toni xx

  3. WOW what an amazing trip! So glad said 14 year old didn't struggle to much with the journey...I know my 16 year old would have been a nightmare lol :D XXX

  4. Devvie loved it when she went - she's a huge fan. She said she'd love to go again as she went as a teaching assistant so was more focussed on keeping ahead count than soaking it all up but loved it all the same.

    x x x

  5. My son and his family went to Harry Potter world last year and were equally impressed.
    I know what you man about the holiday disappearing, but you seem to have it all worked out this year. Enjoy what time you have together. Kate x